Weelicious Baked Ziti

adapted from Weelicious


1 tablespoon olive oil
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 pinch kosher salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (or I use Pomi because of the BPA-free packaging)
16-ounces (1 box) ziti or penne, cooked until al dente (about 2 minutes less than usual cooking time)
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350F and rub a 9 x 11 baking dish with olive oil or vegetable oil.

2. In a large saute pan heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and pepper, the pinch of salt and saute for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute, do not let the garlic burn.

3. Pour in the diced tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally and allowing the sauce to thicken while it cooks.

4. In a large bowl combined the cooked pasta, sauce, and 1 ½ cups of the mozzarella and all of the Parmesan cheese. Pour the combined mixture into the baking dish and scatter the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella on top.¬† Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is browned on top and bubbling around the edges.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This is a terrific meatless meal, but if you want meet you can stir in about a cup of cooked and drained ground beef or turkey. Alternatively, one cup of crumbled and cooked sausage would be delicious as well.

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 30 minutes bake time.

Naptime Reviews

This amazing dish can easily be made and baked in advance and reheated later. Alternatively, prepare it and leave it in the fridge then bake it right before dinner.

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